About

Welcome to Rookie Preacher.

Our hope is that this website will be a resource for pastors who want to preach and lead better.

The role of a pastor is demanding. Some weeks you probably find yourself wondering how you are going to get your sermon prepared or wondering how you are going to lead through a problem. We want to help you in those areas.

If you’re on Twitter, we’d love to connect with you. You can follow us and we’ll follow you: @Rookie_Preacher

Why “Rookie Preacher”?

We chose the name Rookie Preacher because it represents what we’re about. As a rookie in anything, you are in a position of being a learner. We believe that all pastors should be learners. That you are never to a place where you can simply coast through your craft of preaching or leadership. There is always something new to learn. We hope to encourage you in that.

Who is “We”?

Rookie Preacher was started by two guys: Joe Hoagland and Brandon Kelley.

Joe Hoagland

My name is Joe. I pastor and am on the teaching team at Grape Grove Church of Christ a rural church in a farming community just outside of Jamestown, Ohio (hour southwest of Columbus)

I just recently graduated from Cincinnati Christian University and have undertaken the role of small town pastor which has definitely been one of the most rewarding and challenging parts of my life.

I love to preach and lead, I love to talk about preaching and leading, and I love to hear you talk about preaching and leading

So find me on Twitter and let’s connect!

Brandon Kelley

Hi there. I’m Brandon. I serve at a fast growing church plant in Batavia, Ohio (east side of Cincinnati) called The Crossing.

I get to serve in the role of Spiritual Development Pastor. Among the many things I do at The Crossing, serving on the teaching team is one of them.

I absolutely love to learn and the topics of preaching and leadership are definitely biggies for me. 

I am so excited to go on this journey with you!

Connect with me on Twitter or feel free to email me: Brandon@rookiepreacher.com

Posting Frequency

Articles will be posted on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays. 

Mondays will be articles from RP contributors and guest contributors. Want to write for us? Go here.

Wednesdays will be articles by Joe. 

Fridays will be articles by Brandon.

Saturdays will be a special type of article where we point you to the best content we read during the week in the topics of preaching, leadership, and other things we find interesting.

Grow as a Preacher and Leader

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